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An Outbreak of Skirmishes

Two weeks ago the ceasefire in Mindanao between the Moro-Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government Republic of the Philippines (GRP) was broken. On June twenty-fourth the 37th Infantry Division, at Barangay Tugaig, Barira, Maguindanao was harassed by the MILF. The MILF commander who attacked was communicating his frustration that…

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Food Cravings

In the last few weeks Tina and I have been craving food from home and we found ourselves willing to spare no expense to get it. Thankfully, we’ve found some great places to get food from home to supplement these cravings.It is standard for local Filipino’s to have a hot…

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Christina and I

With our new jobs at Peacebuilders Community, Christina and I have learned to encourage one another and work much better as a team. Our lives in Abbotsford are fully integrated once we get home from our workday, but we never imagined the impact that spending an extra eight or nine…

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The Cross of Christ

I’ve been doing a lot of reading here for school and one of the questions that has been on my mind lately is the definition of the cross of Christ, which we are called to. What did Jesus mean when he said, “take up your cross and follow me?” What…

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Daily Transportation

The most basic daily activity that we had to learn once we arrived was daily transportation and it has posed some funny situations. The most common transportation in Davao is the jeepney. A jeepney is a stretched US army Jeep, always with tons of different colours and ornaments all over.…

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